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The composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

fossil, crane-fly Eumelanin – a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes – has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening pigments did not exist in arthropods.

Fear of predators increases risk of illness

Two fishes Predators are not only a deadly threat to many animals, they also affect potential prey negatively simply by being nearby. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have studied what happens to the prey’s immune system when they are forced to expend a large amount of their energy on avoiding being eaten.

Unique climate model that includes vegetation developed

Landscape with a volcano and a river Researchers at Lund University have contributed to creating a uniquely detailed global climate model that will increase our understanding of climate change. It is the first time that vegetation and land use, at this level of detail, are included in climate modeling within EC-Earth, a global climate and earth system model.

Dung beetles use wind compass when the sun is high

Research experiment with dung beetle Researchers have shown for the first time that an animal uses different directional sensors to achieve the highest possible navigational precision in different conditions. When the sun is high, dung beetles navigate using the wind.

Gardening tips: Five easy ways to contribute to biodiversity

Researcher in garden The greatest threat to biodiversity today is different species losing their habitats. To reverse this trend will require action on many societal levels, and there are simple things you can do in your own garden to help, according to Lund University researchers Anna Persson and Caroline Isaksson.

Geology professor releases new book about… heavy metal

Mats E. Eriksson, geology professor Professor Mats E. Eriksson of Lund University in Sweden is now publishing his second book in the somewhat unusual subject combination of geological fossils and heavy metal music.

Remains of a planet found orbiting dead star

Remains of a planet found orbiting dead star Astronomers have discovered what appears to be the remnants of a planet orbiting a dead star in a disc of debris formed from destroyed planets. The planetary fragment could offer clues into the fate of our own Solar System in the far-off future.

Researcher awarded prestigious ERC grant

Daniel Conley A researcher at the Department of Geology at Lund University has been awarded just over SEK 26 million by the European Research Council, ERC.

Bacteria could become a future source of electricity

Researchers. In recent years, researchers have tried to capture the electrical current that bacteria generate through their own metabolism. So far, however, the transfer of the current from the bacteria to a receiving electrode has not been efficient at all. Now, researchers from institutions including Lund University have achieved a slightly more efficient transfer of electrical current.

3D models reveal why bigger bumblebees see better

bumblebee By generating 3D images of bumblebees’ compound eyes, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered how bumblebees differ in their vision. The results could contribute to increased knowledge about the pollination process - once researchers are able to determine which flowers different bees see easily, and which ones they find it harder to distinguish.


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